RECORD STORE TALES PART 133: Die For Love
1996 was my first year of managing my own store. In the very first weeks of business, in came this little gem, Japanese import, never seen it before.
The band featured Iron Maiden’s former guitarist, Dennis Stratton. Dennis of course played on the first immortal Maiden platter and a few B-sides too. The album featured one great single, “Die For Love”, which had one of the cheesiest music videos of all time. Band must rescue blonde damsel in distress from horny-looking mad scientist.
It’s actually a really cool song, very commercial but solid and I’d been hunting for it for years. Yet another treasure that fell into my lap. Japanese import, $20 used, but with my discount more like $15.
Still, I ended up passing on it. I only really liked the one song, and I had other stuff to buy that week including the new Scorpions and King’s X. So, I made a judgement call and threw it on the shelves. I put a sticker on it that said “Dennis Stratton ex-Iron Maiden” and it sold in a couple weeks. It was after it sold that I regretted my decision! I didn’t realize how rare the disc was, and I underestimated how much I liked that one song!
Thankfully it’s since been reissued. Still, wouldn’t it have been nice to have that Japanese import? Yeah.